Years ago we discovered Congee Village on Allen and it became our family's favorite dinning spot for a year or two even the wait to get a table was long. Then we started noticing the extremely liberal use of oil by the chef on almost every dish (except congee). By all means we are used to Cantonese food and know some chefs like to pour extra hot oil on top of the dish to add shine and finish the dish but this was outrageous amount of oil all the food was drawn in oil. What hit our mouths was the taste of oil and not the flavor of the food, at least not until several chews later. We always ended up drinking a lot of tea to cut the grease and to wash out the oil coated in our mouth before the meal ended. One waitress we personally know there had noticed the difference and agreed with us about the use of extra oil. We tried 3 or 4 more times in the following 2-3 years and it was still the same disappointing greasy experience so eventaully our family stopped going there several years ago.
I see they are still doing well and being mentioned quite often on this board but no one had mentioned the use of extreme amount of oil. I wonder if they still use outrageous amount of oil. If the oil usage has returned to the comparable amount to other Cantonese restaurants we would love to return to Congee Village and taste many great dishes we used to enjoy there. Any report on this?